ICT Inventory for Education in Emergencies

Using technology to ensure and improve education in crisis contexts

Using technology to ensure and improve education in crisis contexts

Can't Wait to Learn


Can’t Wait to Learn is unique in that children can learn in their own community, even when there are no teachers. Children learn by playing serious educational games on tablet computers. The game itself includes instruction, practice, and a learning management system.

Can’t Wait to Learn aims to support and supplement the traditional education model in conflict-affected areas in the short term, without displacing it in the long term.

The first step: e-Learning Sudan

Until now Can’t Wait to Learn has focused on a trial project called e-Learning Sudan (eLS).  Sudanese children learn basic numeracy skills in a fun and effective way. By playing customised games, based on Sudan’s national primary out of school math curriculum.

This method has been trialled and tested extensively. Results show that children learn fast and effectively using this method. Results also suggest that the model could be empowering, flexible, innovative and cost-effective at scale.

Great potential for the future

In the next years, this innovative project will grow, thanks to the  support of the ticket holders of the Dutch National Postcode Lottery, and the IKEA Foundation. These donors will enable the project to really make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of children affected by conflict.

War Child and partners will further develop Can’t Wait to Learn between 2016 and 2020. They will adapt the programme for Syrian refugee children in the Middle East, scale up the project in Sudan, and add language education and psychosocial well-being components.


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